I bet this won’t surprise you: my house in the village isn’t done, but there’s progress. And in case some of you are interested in seeing more pictures of a partially-completed house in the middle of nowhere in Burkina Faso, here you go.
The first picture is a picture of the outside of my house. I don’t think it’s changed since the last time you saw it.
The second one shows my living room – by the time I left for the city on Monday morning, this is what it looked like. The ceiling had two layers on it (one more to go, I heard) and the walls had primer but not paint.
The third picture is a picture of my teammate Jen’s house, since her paint is finished. Ours will both be painted the same colors, so it gives you a glimpse of what mine will look like in a few days.
The fourth picture (and see, if I were really good at blogging I would put the pictures to match the paragraphs that talk about them, but I’m not that talented so you get to read and scroll and look) is of Jen’s living room. The door you see in the front is her front door, and doorway you see on the right is the entry way into the bathroom and two bedrooms. My house as the same layout, but my living room is a little skinnier. And mine isn’t quite as square as hers – meaning that the corners aren’t square but off a bit. Welcome to Africa.
The fifth picture is of her bedroom. At first all the rooms were supposed to be white and blue (our contractor picked and we said ok). But then the head mason told the contractors to buy red, blue, and black tinting to put in the white paint to make the blue walls. Imagine – the painter said that they weren’t the right colors! So I said that I didn’t want black, but that if we had red and blue anyway, instead of returning the red, I was fine with a blue living room and purple bedrooms. So that became the plan. The contractor then told the painter to paint the doors and windows the teal/turquoise color. I didn’t object. The painter picked the color of purple and painted Jen’s house. I told him that my purple could be a little lighter even, since it’s a tad bit dark. But he said no, that it’s better this color and it’s better if they’re the same. Not quite what they’d say in the US, huh?
The sixth picture is of the top of her bathroom walls. The rest will be tiled (the bathroom is one of the main projects left), and again, I don’t know what color the tiles will be or anything like that. But I like not having to make all these decisions! When I said that the bedrooms could be purple and the living room blue, the big question was what color the top of these bathroom walls should be. Since neither I nor the painter knew what colors the tiles would be, I said that he should just paint the bathroom with whichever color he had left over. That was not good enough for him, and he kept trying to figure out what would be best. He said that he could do each wall a different color – blue, purple, pink, and white. I suggested that he do them blue, purple, blue, purple, and I guess he liked that because that’s how it ended up. In this picture you can see all the colors together. It reminds me of my good friends the Boyds, since at least when I was little these were their colors. Now they will definitely have to come and visit before my walls get too dirty to know what color they used to be!